An AppsAfrica Award winner in 2016, Mwabu has been providing educational technology (Edtech) and tools to more than 500 learners and teachers in Zambia since 2013. Offering a range of educational products and services specially created for African markets. Their main services include the development of curriculum-aligned teaching and learning resources, assessment tools, devices and hardware, as well as continued training and mentoring for teachers through the Mwabu Academy.
The project was led by Elma Investments, Ltd., the impact investment arm of The Elma Group of Foundations. The company did not disclose how much money was raised in the latest funding round but shared it will use the money to expand its education solutions and academy services, and increase the number of languages into which its content is translated. The company is also working in Kenya and Tanzania with plans for further expansion.
Currently, eight local languages are offered in Zambia for Grades 1 – 3. In South Africa, content is currently produced in English, but plans are underway to introduce multi-language content, including Zulu and possibly Afrikaans. The company is also working in Kenya and Tanzania with plans for further expansion.
Justin Reilly, CEO of Mwabu, says: “We are delighted to announce this significant step forward in our plans for growth. Through this investment, we will be able to extend the educational possibilities for millions of African learners.”.
Heather Sherwin, Director of Impact Investments for Elma Philanthropies, mentioned her thoughts on education technology and how it was an important tool in helping to achieve greater literacy and numeracy outcomes in schools.
“We believe Mwabu will continue to be an innovative leader in this field,” Sherwin said.
Mwabu recently launched of its Mwabu Academy and e-learning content for primary schools.
The four schools in KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa, in which Mwabu has been introduced, are already experiencing considerable success.